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Vietnam: Behind the Lines
Nguyen Tho (born 1945)
Workers preparing printing machines for press were supplied with arms such as rifles or carbines. Many of the war artists published their work in illustrated newspapers and magazines published in the Quoc ngu script.
This crayon drawing is inscribed with the place name Thanh Hoa.
Nguyen Tho was at the Middle School of the Fine Arts College, Hanoi before joining the army at the age of twenty. He was still able to continue his studies for three to four months a year during the war, although the college was relocated outisde Hanoi. Nguyen Tho's art was intended to be inspirational for both civilians and the military and his daily involvement in the front line enabled him to record events closely and in great detail.